Marrying the Wicked

Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Jehoram his son reigned in his place. He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariah, Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. Their father gave them great gifts of silver, gold, and valuable possessions, together with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the firstborn. When Jehoram had ascended the throne of his father and was established, he killed all his brothers with the sword, and also some of the princes of Israel. Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his sons forever. 2 Chronicles 21:1-7.

Asa was a good king. Jehoshaphat was a good king. So what happened to Jehoram? He was a homicidal idolator! The only thing that stands out is that he married Ahab’s daughter. I don’t know if her mother was Jezebel, but she may have been driven by the same demons. After all, Ahab was a weakling that yielded to his homicidal, idolatrous wife.

Fortunately, Jehoram’s reign is relatively short. The Lord smites him with an agonizing death, and he is not mourned. He was so bad that surrounding peoples revolted.

It is so sad that in America we have no obvious good choices. So few of our leaders follow the Lord. But worst still is the fact that a majority would not choose godly leaders any way. Today, a godly person is “an extremist” in a nation of lukewarm enablers.

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